US supplies aid worth $13 mn to Georgia (Lead)

August 24th, 2008 - 7:28 pm ICT by IANS  

Tbilisi, Aug 24 (RIA Novosti) A US warship Sunday unloaded humanitarian aid worth $13 million at the Georgian port of Batumi, Georgia’s defence ministry said. “Our American partners have brought non-food items to Georgia,” a ministry press officer said. He did not specify the cargo.

The USS McFaul is the first of three ships carrying aid cargoes due in Georgia.

Two more US Navy ships carrying humanitarian aid are expected in the next few days. NATO has sent a Polish frigate and a US destroyer through the Bosporus to boost its presence in the Black Sea, a source in the Turkish navy said Saturday.

Russia’s General Staff earlier said it was concerned by the nature of cargoes the US was airlifting to Georgia, questioning if they were really humanitarian aid.

The US sent two C-17 military planes to Georgia in mid-August as part of a Pentagon humanitarian mission.

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